Friday, August 04, 2006

RESOURCE: Self-Guided Retreat



The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within
Erwin McManus

"The greatest enemy to the movement of Jesus Christ is Christianity!"

If you sense somewhere in your spirit the truth of that statement, then this book can become a roadmap for a personal retreat. (see promo piece below...)

Some hints:
* Devour the book; don't merely read it: think, disagree, fight ...
* Converse as you devour: "Lord, is this true? What are you saying in these words?"
* Journal: Write one sentence or phrase for each section of each chapter
* Prayer: Flow into prayer, writing or speaking to the Lord
* Ask questions ... Seek wisdom, direction, enlightenment ... Knock in persistence
* Conclude each chapter by writing out your reply to 3 questions:

1. What? did God say/reveal/leave to me in this chapter?
2. So What? are the immediate implications of what God I am hearing?
3. Now What? are the steps the Lord wants me to take when I return?

“-a call to revolution against ‘civilized’ Christianity.” -Marketplace

Erwin Raphael McManus wasn’t raised in the Christian faith, so when he came to Christ as a college student, he didn’t know the rules of the “religious club.” All he knew was that something had been set on fire deep within his soul, a passion that longed to be unleashed. Since that day, he has not followed the road most traveled by many contemporary churchgoers. He has chosen the other-the less civilized one-following the path of Jesus in a passionate journey full of mystery, danger, and untamed faith.

In The Barbarian Way, McManus calls you to return to the ancient, primal, and dangerous faith of Jesus and His early disciples. Let go of a sanitized Christianity and get back to the powerful, raw and ancient faith that chooses revolution over compromise, peril over safety, and passion over lukewarm and watered-down religion.

Christ’s passion drove Him to the cross; the cross of Christ drives you to His passion. Take up the challenge of the “barbarian way,” and your life will never be the same.

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